Does Children's Education Affect Parental Health and Mortality? A Regression Discontinuity Approach with Linked Census Data from England and Wales
Parents with better-educated children are healthier and live longer, but whether there is a causal effect of children’s education on their parents’ health and longevity is unclear. Previous research has been largely associational. Our study uses the 1972 educational reform in England and Wales, which increased the minimum school leaving age from 15 to 16 years, to identify the effect of children’s education on parental health and longevity. We analyse the Office for National Statistics Longitudinal Study (ONS-LS), which contains linked census and life events data for a one-per cent sample of the population of England and Wales. Our intent-to-treat estimates reveal that children’s education has only limited effects on a wide range of outcomes related to parental mortality and health. We interpret these findings against the backdrop of universal and free health care and the role of education in socio-economic (health) inequalities in England and Wales.
Date: 28 October 2019, 12:15 (Monday, 3rd week, Michaelmas 2019)
Venue: 42-43 Park End Street, 42-43 Park End Street OX1 1JD
Venue Details: Lecture Theatre - Sandwich lunch 12:15; seminar starts at 12:45. Please note that entrance to the building is via Tidmarsh Lane
Speaker: Christiaan Monden (University of Oxford)
Organising department: Department of Sociology
Organiser: Federico Varese (University of Oxford)
Part of: Department of Sociology Events
Booking required?: Not required
Audience: Public
Editors: Antoinette Moffa, Natasha Cotton